January 8, 2013

What’s the oldest thing in your freezer?


Today I posed the question on twitter “What’s the oldest thing in your freezer” and I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of tweets back. Think I might have uncovered a nerve in the kitchen management department.

My two personal favs were five year old moose roasts and something about a relative….

Wedding cake was the big winner followed by Popsicles, pizza pops, berries, bread, and furtive foods found lurking in the nethermost corners of a frozen wasteland, formerly known as your chest freezer.

Two years ago I was caught in a cash flow problem and decided to eat out of my freezer. Check my saga here.

My twenty year old chest freezer. Its probably killing my electricity bill, but I have a soft spot in my heart for my first major appliance.

It has now become a yearly event – digging down and becoming creative with what I find in my freezer’s frozen depths. Went on a reconnaissance mission this afternoon and discovered a roast, several chickens, many many many local berries, whole wheat flour, brown rice, quinoa, chicken stock, cookie batter, ice cream, birthday cupcakes that have now been chucked into the compost , and enough other stuff to create at least a months’ worth of dinners.

Note to self and anyone else who is listening: Just because something it’s frozen doesn’t mean it will last forever, it’s not cryogenics.

Haven’t seen the bottom of your freezer in years? Plan a  January Mission into your Deep Freeze.

For the best quality and taste here are some guidelines:

  • Chicken or turkey pieces – 6 months
  • Leftovers – 2-3 months
  • Fruits, berries, vegetables – 12 months
  • Ground beef or turkey – 2-3 months
  • Roasts – 10-12 months
  • Salmon – 2 months
  • Other fish – up to 3 months
  • Bread – 2-3 months
  • Butter: 6 to 9 months
  • Cookies, baked or dough: three months
  • Ice cream and sorbet: two months
  • Wedding cake – as long as you aren’t going to ever eat it again – forever!


And while you are in there, if there is frost on the sides, take everything out, wrap in towels or blankets, or place in coolers, and then remove frost from the inside. Put everything back in and make a note on what you are going to eat first. Work your way through.






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